BREAKING on earmarks
December 16th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
12 years ago

BREAKING on earmarks

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid defended Senate earmarks Thursday, criticizing Republicans who voice opposition to the legislative provisions that direct approved funds to a specific project, but then add their own spending measures to legislation.

"I'll bet if you went to 'h' in the dictionary and found hypocrite, under that would be people who ask for earmarks, but vote against them," Reid said.

The Nevada senator spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill amidst ongoing negotiations over the omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government for another year.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Indie Woman in Denver

    After the Cornyn & Thune comedy routine with the press yesterday, calling the Repubs "hypocrite" was a kind characterization of their antics.

    December 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. kmp

    Reid keep it up show them for what they really are. I get that earmarks are unpopular, but then if Congress didn't do anything to bring jobs or improvments back to their region people would be upset.

    I think instead of a ban on earmarks they should reform what it to be considered and the criteria for funding. Instead of monuments to long ago people, earmarks should only go to area that are stimuliative and offer long term goals than a just a one time bang.

    December 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    If there's one thing Harry Reid can't stand is a Senator who can't be bought. If Republicans do what we sent them to Washington for they would kill this bill.

    December 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Howard Levine

    Don't forget you communist Republicans McConnell ha sover a half a million i earmarks...and how many other do??????????????????????

    December 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. gt

    come on harry ,,, you wasted all that money on yuca mnt,,, now wants online gamling all over the us to be sent to vegas,,,ear marks to be use as bribe payments ... what a leader you are ...ugh

    December 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Phillyboijr

    Harry Reid is a blathering idiot. Typical liberal hack, he's criticizing the few Republicans that are trying to add on their earmarks, but isn't actually addressing the fact that the liberal backed pork-spending is the real issue. Like a cocaine addict with powder covering his nose and lips and he's sitting their critizicing a few scoundrals trying to cut a line from the left-overs.

    December 16, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Shari from Madison

    Yes, what about all the pork being added by the Repubs? It isn't just a few. Most republican's are self righteous hypocrites. They enjoy playing God. They would thrive in a world where no help need be given and those who need help are nothing more than their slaves.

    December 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Shut down this farce of a government. These DemocRAT clowns were thrown out on Nov. 2nd. they should be packing their bags instead of doing more damage to this country. Shut it down and resume in January when competent adults are in office.

    December 16, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. CTinDC

    This has nothing to do with being a liberal or not. Republicans specifically signed a document stating all of them would not ask for earmarks.. This was part of their re-election mantra based on "fiscal responsibility". Then they go off asking for the extension of the tax cuts AND add earmarks to the spending bill. How can Americans be so dumb in regards to the blatant hypocrisy. HOW?

    December 16, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    If the republicans had NOT filibustered so much, all of this could have been done a month ago.


    December 16, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'd say enough is enough, but for some reason or another, both Houses of Congress are too busy doing their own thing, and for the most part are first and foremost centered on themselves. One can hope that this entire Congressional troupe of playground theatric juvenilles will eventually grow up long enough to remember the folks who are counting on them to put this country together again ... I am not overly hopeful, though.

    December 16, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Marcus

    Class Warfare – That's exactly what Gingrich is trying to do, to shut down the govt. WITH AMERICAN TROOPS FIGHTING OVERSEAS!!!!!!
    And are you for it too?

    December 16, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. carrotroot

    Senator Thune: I'm going to vote against this bill because it has pork in it! ....
    NPR: But Senator Thune you have pork in their too why don't you take it out?
    Thune: ... but my pork is ok!

    December 16, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. JC

    It is sad that the media spends so much time on a subject like earmarks. The total being discussed here is $8 billion out of a $1.1 trillion budget, less than eight tenths of one percent (0.0073 numerically). I know a few billion here and there start to add up, but, the media makes it seem as if curtailing earmarks will significantly improve our debt situation; it will not.

    I believe the reason the media focuses the public on such issues is to steer us away from things that matter more such as extending tax cuts for the richest 1-2% of Americans that cost (in lost revenue) $80 billion per year; ten times as much as the earmarks and legislation that allows and encourgages American businesses to export our technology (and jobs). These are the real issues that have ballooned our debt and harm our economy.

    December 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    >Class Warfare – That's exactly what Gingrich is trying to do, to shut down the govt.
    >And are you for it too?

    Please don't be stupid or naive. Our troops will not go without ANYTHING. This beast of a government must be brought under control. If we don't start shutting down parts of this government and cutting back in a controlled fashion then we will be forced to do it in a rather chaotic fashion when the shiite hits the fan (bankruptcy, see Greece, ireland, Spain, Portugal and any other socialist fiasco).

    People had better be prepared for disaster. Moody's has already mentioned downgrading our rating and commodity prices are going through the roof (thanks FED and Bernanke). Can you say balloning interest costs to the government for our $14 TRILLION debt and inflation that renders our retirement accounts useless?

    This whole "American Dream" can turn into the "American Nightmare" very quickly. Sometimes it seems that is EXACTLY what all this insane spending is meant to accomplish.


    December 16, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP is nothing more than a bunch of lying, hating, hypocritical stufits.

    December 16, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |